This week HeyUGuys were invited down to the Star Wars Identities Exhibition, currently housed at The o2 down in North Greenwich in London, to take a walk through the iconic Star Wars universe to discover more about the characters and what formed their own personal identities.
On first arrival, each visitor is equipped with an earpiece, a circular device you hang around your neck and a wristband. The earpiece and device are there to guide you through the short video clips which follow both Luke and Anakin Skywalker from their origins and the choices they made throughout their lives to make them who they are.
The ten perfectly placed videos, which were developed in collaboration with a team of scientists and the Montreal Science Centre, combine both animation and clips from the Star Wars films. They aim to scientifically explain the components which help make and define who we are, from childhood through to our adult life, the influence of genetics, culture, friends, mentors and other contributing factors. Not only is this a fascinating journey for adults but an important educational tool for children too.
The wristband is equipped with smart technology which helps you build and create your own unique Star Wars character making the visitor feel very much part of the exhibition. Throughout there are interactive stations where you will have the chance to answer questions on the identity of your character, touching the wristband under each answer where your data is then collected and stored until the very end of the journey. Which is when you have to make a decision on whether you wish to join the dark side or decline, My bounty hunter Wookiee went with the dark side.
As you can see from our collection of photographs it’s not all educational scientific themes and character building. The curators of the exhibition have also cleverly tied in many artefacts, costumes, artwork and models from the films. Each item shines. From the beloved models of Yoda, R2-D2, Stormtroopers and a splendid array of battleships including Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon to the original concept art of pivotal characters and the wonderful costumes of our beloved Princess Leia, Luke and Anakin Skywalker. Darth Maul and an extremely large and ominous model of Darth Vader also make an appearance to complete the journey.
All the items on display have been selected from from the Lucasfilm Archives, delving behind the scenes of the movie-making process for every episode of the saga.
The exhibition is simply spectacular and so much fun; it will thrill any hardcore fan with an exclusive collection of 200 original artefacts that include props, models, costumes and artwork from all Star Wars films. This groundbreaking interactive experience, without even knowing it, has turned this reporter from someone who had no real passion for the franchise, to someone who is now simply enchanted.
Star Wars Identities – The Exhibition is on now until the 3rd of September 2017
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